11 Dec

Bucket list

A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket,” in other words, die. But how often do you sit and think about dying? Not to sound morbid, but for most of us, the thought of our own death is far away. Because of this, there is no sense of urgency to accomplish the things on a bucket list. So it just becomes a “someday” list of things you’ll do at some point in the future. So what are your bucket list? Well, aside from writing the best man speech for my friend;s wedding, I have a lot fo bucket list for travels.

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Instead, go through your bucket list and start putting dates next to the items. Create urgency. Make an actual plan to achieve these goals. Don’t wait until “the perfect time” to cross things off. There will never be a perfect time, and the urgency of daily life will keep getting in the way of these “someday” items. Most bucket list items look something like this: write a book, run a marathon, learn a new language, go backpacking through Europe, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, etc. However, like any goal you want to achieve, it’s not so simple to just write a book or run a marathon and then check it off your list. It takes a great deal of planning and preparation. It also takes commitment to a timeline, and it takes weeks and maybe even months of consistent action to accomplish. So if you really want to check off these items, then you need to deal with them in a more realistic, practical way. Break each item down into a plan you can actually do, and then create real, actionable steps to accomplish each goal. Otherwise, the bucket list is just a bunch of dreams that are too big and overwhelming to actually achieve. Don’t let your bucket list remain undone; make it work for you. For example, maybe you want to go backpacking through Europe. That’s fine if your vacation is several weeks long, but most likely you’ll have one or two weeks to work with. So it might be tempting to think that you can’t do it at all. However, don’t give up just yet on that dream to backpack through Europe. Just break it into parts. Do Italy this time, or pick a region like the Balkans, and do it bit by bit. There’s no rule that says you have to cross off each item all at once… and on your death bed, will you be happier that you visited only one or two countries in Europe, or none at all?

WHAT TRAVEL IS ALL ABOUT

So why do you travel?

Do you travel for luxury?

Do you collect instant “pogi” points when you brag about your recent adventure?

Do you want healing?

Do you want to flaunt your OOTD with heritage sites on your background?

Do you want to overcome your fears? Challenge yourself?

Do you want to meet new friends?

Or meet silence?

The reasons are many but the great question is, are you traveling for the right reason?

While most travelers are on the way to finish their ‘epic journey’, some still get stuck in the planning and worse, get discouraged by the idea that travel is for the ‘rich and famous’… They are misled. It is LUXURY TRAVEL that is for the rich and famous. If you take out luxury in travel, it’s still travel but only different. And traveling differently doesn’t make your travel any less valuable. So if you doubt you can have inexpensive but enriching travel, think again.

You’ve read tons of articles about why you should travel, why it’s good for you, why you should do it now and some even encourage you to quit your day job and backpack the world. Yes. It sounds inviting. And I’m in no way stopping you. But hold that thought for a moment and fairly ask yourself, “Am I prepared enough?”

WHAT TRAVEL WANTS FROM YOU

Let’s say you have the right reasons to travel and you are ready. Another important thought to consider is what travel REALLY wants from you.

  1. Travel wants your awareness

Travel offers you a place to meet a diversity of people with a diversity of culture. It wants you to be aware of these differences and develop a more accepting attitude. With your awareness you can eliminate prejudices and stereotypes that hinder genuine social connection.

Also, travel showcases the unparalleled beauty of our world. Travel wants you to be aware of this. To make it a driving force to seek more adventure, to look forward to another day, to never lose interest.

  1. Travel wants your desire for meaning

If you desire for the superficial, you would be content to just visit a place, take pictures and afterwards leave. But if you desire for meaning, you can be motivated to interact with the local people—observe them, learn about their ways and their useful qualities as well as share your own learning.

If you desire for meaning, you can turn your travel into a life-changing experience and provide a positive impact to the world.

The historian Mary Ritter Beard puts it more beautifully: “Indeed, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

27 Nov

My tips

 

When you decide to buy one thing, you need to research on it first.  But even before that, you have to know your needs. Do you really need it? Is it a necessity or just a want? Decide if it will benefit you or other people. If it will be an investment for the future, or an asset to help your business or whatever you do grow. Just like in choosing internet, you need to know the reasons why you are installing it.

Where you are installing it (like your location because internet signal is vital), its costs, installation costs and fees, and other things. After which, you need to test it first and see if it really fits you and your needs. Like hjaving a hosting website.  In this regard I usually trust my inticnt with najlepszy hosting whom I have been working with for years now.  Test for it for a couple of hours, even days, and see if it really works well for you.

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If not, you might want to decided on choosing another or be open to other options in the future.  Remember, in every purchase, you do not just invest effort and money, you also invest on time which you cannot take back. Better to test its probability and its limitations than be frustrated in the future because it lacked initial research and test. Thanks and good luck! This also applies with looking for a new place. It is normal to be stressed at work. But being stressed due to a dozen of workload is different from being unhappy. One can enjoy doing work, even when deadlines, reports and meetings are being thrown at you simultaneosy without having the feeling of unhappiness. But if you are that person—who knows deep in her heart that you just let the day pass by, work on things without putting your heart into it, and probably just waiting for the next pay day, do yursef a favor and look for a place where you can find your purpose and passion. Maybe because you feel like facing a blank wall or a dead end where opportunities don’t grow. Or maybe Never fear failing. As long as you know that somewhere, there is a place where your potentials belong, go draft that letter and open your life with new opportunities.

02 Nov

Gift of God

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An artist that she is, my mother believes that using the gifts that God has given to inspire and help other people is one way to be thankful and appreciate of His blessings. “Use your gift because if you use your gifts you’ll not only make yourself happy but you also bless others,” she said.

She leads in giving people livelihood through their family business by being their suppliers from the provinces, especially some members of Kidney Friends, an organization helping people undergoing dialysis.

“One of the things that we like about our business is that we help people have their livelihood, we help them in the designing and if they are persistent and industrious, and they keep coming back, eventually they would have a lot of things that they can sell to us,” she explained. They would help them with their designs in jewelries, collages, wallets, bookmarks and other interesting pieces which they buy from them every week.

She also added that common companies would usually import materials, thus decreasing the possibility of helping our countrymen. But for her, using their God’s given gift to help others is more meaningful than merely aiming profit for the business.

They’d make designs that not only empower and uplift Filipino nationalism but also interesting craft pieces that are environment-friendly through their use of recycled paper for stationary, and anything that leaves a minimal impact with nature.

While her siblings are into designing and tech stuff like nas server test and all, have other work outside the family business, she maintains her unique brown paper stationary line  and is juggling office and ministry work with collage and crayola etching in her free time. After work, she’d also spend time in her craft room coming up with new scrapbook layouts and other interesting artworks which she share in her blog.

My mother’s creativity and diverse imagination never drained from years of hard work in the business. Having such a close knitted family of artist, Patsy continues helping and inspiring other people, and of course, crafting the next signature design.

 

13 Oct

 Business as Usual

 

After the dreaded typhoon that destroyed almost a half of the town’s homes and establishments, we are now back in business after six months. Well, there may have been a few changes and we really lost a little from the storm, we were really devastated but we just get up and made thins better. Some of our goods were drenched with typhoon and some of the computers too.

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We also lost our internet that time. This time, as we prepapre for a new chapter for our business, we are now more prepared. We have set up evacuation plans, as well as plans if another thing happens again in our area. As for our interent, I am happy that it is now back and we had wlan access point test already to check if we will have a nice signal for our operations. I wish everyone goodluck and we will have a little party coming in our events place next week. I have invited some of our clients and our customers and partners and I hope you can all be there. We got some booze and a brunches for all of you. See you there!

01 Oct

360 Cameras: A Review

 

I just bought a new camera my friend told me to buy. It is a 360 camera with very nice features. If you want a camera which can capture a full view, then buying this one is a must. It has a lot of features and it works well for amateur to professionals. It also comes with a very informative manual which lets you know almost everything you need to know about the product. I also love how they have a great customer service which answers all my queries in no time, this gives me the confidence and comfort that I can rely on them whenever I needed their help.

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They reply promptly on my messages and they attend to my questions abruptly. My friend’s are also confident of their service which makes me more proud that I made the right decision in purchasing a new product. I am also thinking if I can buy my sister her own 360 grad kamera because I am always outside so I will be bringing along my camera with me. I also want her to know more about photography so I think buying her own camera will made a big impact on her studies. Next time, i will but her the best 360 camera in town!

21 Sep

A celebration

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Last weekend we celebrated my mother’s brthday celebration on her hometown five hours from the city. We planned this momentous event a year ago and I can honestyl say it was really a successful one. I am also glad that the weather cooperated on this one. One month before the event, I decided to go in the town for the preapdation. I left my things in a nice storage solutions warehouse. I was actually a client for over a year now and they does not disapppint me yet. Anyway, so thete,I preapred for the party and it was a success. All her friends and otherfamily attended the event and we had a blast! I love how I saw my mother’s happiness and satisfaction and I am happy for her. I hope we celebrate more and more birtvdays with her.

22 Aug

Shopping Online for the Clan

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We will have our gathering next year. It has been almost a decade since we last saw each other. I am now tasked to be in charge of everything and I am now thinking where to start. I have been in the events industry for about six years now and of course, I need to say I am a little used to managing projects already. Anyway, the reunion will be happening in a house near our village. About 100 relatives will come in the place. My relatives will come from different parts of the world and I know it will be quite difficult to send in invitations. Thanks to the advent of social media I will just message them on Facebook. I am now thinking what can be the best souvenir I can give them as I know something very relevant, timely, and significant should be given to every attendee. My cousin suggested I give out thebest wooden watches  for the reunion. I am know partnering with a wood watch brand to give me some discount as I will be buying in bulk. i am also looking into decorations for the venue and I think vintage classy theme will be perfect.

11 Jul

My Christmas WishList

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Christmas is nearing already and i know a lot of people are now listing down the people they will give gifts and the ones they want to receive as well. My parents and my brothers and sisters knows me a lot. They know I love travelling gears. I have been into travelling for almost five years now and to tell you, all their gifts are all travel related. Even when not Christmas, say for Valentines or for my birthday, all they could come up are all travel related gifts. I’m not complaining by the way! I just realized they love sending me gifts like these. And so this coming Christmas, I decided to give them a list of what they can give me. Haha. More like suggesting them to veer away from travel gadgets, travel gears and all. Here is my list and if my parents and my family members are reading this, please feel free to choosee whatever you want to give to me as present.

  1. Laptop (for writing in my blog. I need to replace my old one)
  2. New camera (I think I need a new one too as my old one is having problems with shutter)
  3. Wrist watch (Leather watch or wooden watches maybe by Zegarki )
  4. New set of nail polish
  5. Some coffee beans
  6. Notebooks
  7. A nice pair of walking shoes for my city tours
  8. A good book (Dan Brown books please)
  9. Some vouchers for spa
  10. Or yoga membership is cool too!

 

 

16 Jun

Positive energy for cancer patients

It’s hard to find great Cancer survivor gifts. There’s nothing wrong with vulnerability, obviously, but when it comes to being sick, and in danger of being the victim of adverse health effects, I I think the people are really suited with an unfair amount of negative effects, and they are really vulnerable to falling into depression or negative states of mind, and you can be protected from that, and you can receive these crystal stone from websites like juju.com and you can have these amazing experiences where you can cultivate compassion and Tranquility in your life, and rather than fighting against the forces of your illness, every now and then you can just be overwhelmed with gratitude and things like that. I just think that it is so special and important to be in touch with this type of thing, and I know that a lot of people are not the kind of people who does this kind of stuff, and I know that we live in a world where people are very skeptical about anything that can improve your life in a way that isn’t completely scientifically proven, but I can tell you that if you need to buy a breast cancer gift, you really experience the genuine gratitude of someone who is lucky and fortunate to have the feelings of compassion and protection brought into their life, and effect this can create even temporary peace, and even just add the presence of positive energy in their chakras in their fields of surroundings will be so unbelievably pleased and happy.

13 Jun

New Vitamin C

I think this new Vitamin c serum for face has a lot to do with my recent happiness. In fact, I know for a fact as a lot to do with it, though it would be a shame to attack at all up to that, because it’s some point you do need to take control of your own destiny to and I’m not saying that I haven’t done that. But the vitamin C serum has been an essential ingredient for me to learn to be confident and care of myself as such, and that’s not something that I take for granted whatsoever. In fact, this is the best self care product at I have ever put on my skin, and that’s saying something. I have found a lot of great products over the years that have helped with this or that, but this serum, this wonderful cream, literally helps me with everything that I’ve ever applied anything else to my skin for. It helps me with aging, protect me from pollutants in the environment, helps with discolorations, and so it is both a preventative and a recovery health product, and it’s completely organic and natural.